Campus Feature | Meet the MNSU, Mankato Campus Committee


written by: Annabel Sampson


We are more than happy to introduce ourselves to you as the Minnesota State, Mankato Campus Committee. We can’t wait to get you all involved and make our campus a better place for everyone!

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Katelynn Ogunfolami 

Campus Coordinator

I am the President of Black Motivated Women. I am also MNSU’s student body Vice President, a tour guide and a city council campaign manager. I am a 4th year student majoring in Political Science with a minor in English. In my spare time I like to read, listen to music, cook, hangout with friends and sleep lol. 

Someday if I could meet any celebrity, I would want to meet either Rihanna, the Obamas or the Smiths (Will Smith). 

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Kayla Erickson

Issues Specialist

Kayla is a junior at Minnesota State University, Mankato studying Community Health Education with an emphasis in Pre-Occupational Therapy and a minor in Health Science. She volunteers with student health services as a Health PRO. PRO stands for peers reaching out. She helps educate students on different health related topics like stress management, alcohol safety, and safe sex. She is also the College of Allied Health and Nursing Senator on the student government. She is excited to help advocate for higher education.

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Ariane Kitenge 

Issues Specialist

I am third-year student majoring in International Relations and minoring in Communication studies. I am from the heart of Africa - Kinshasa, DRC. I am involved with Student Ambassadors, Leadership U, Her Campus, and UNIR. I like reading and writing poems. One of my favorite poems is “First They came…” by Martin Niemoller. 

One thing you cant live without: Wi-Fi

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Annabel Sampson

Public Relations Specialist

I am a senior in the community health program in Minnesota State University, Mankato. I hope to go to graduate school for Nursing or Physician Assistantship.

I have served in different organizations throughout my college experience. Currently I'm part of Student Government as an Off-Campus Senator, I am the Events Coordinator for International Students Association and a member of Eta Sigma Gamma and African Students Association.

I like cooking, getting involved while having fun, going out and EATING!!!. Sometimes I like to read and watch movies (I'm not really an indoor person)

Fun Fact: I have never eaten a burger before 

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Andrew Weinzierl 

Legislative Specialist 

I am a second-year student and my major is Philosophy, Politics, & Economics. I am currently involved in many student organizations including the International Business Organization, Pre-Law Society, and more. I am the Programming Communications Coordinator for the Residence Hall Association, and I also have started my own organization called BridgeMNSU. 

Interests: following current events, being outdoors, and playing video games!

One thing you cant live without: My computer (I use it for everything)

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Chelsea-Alexis Jackson

Diversity Specialist

She is a graduate of Rust (HBCU) College where she received her bachelor’s degree of Sociology. She is a graduate assistant in the Sociology Department where she is getting a Master’s degree in Sociology College Teaching Track and a certificate in non-profit leadership. This is her first year working for Students United. Alexis, her preferred name, has informally been informally involved in advocacy since she was a child with her late father. The reason she wanted to join Students United is because she wanted to advocate for equal accessibility and standards of education for all. Other areas she is interested in advocating are eradicating mental health stigmas, oppressions of intersectionality, trauma and identity. When she is not listening to diverse perspectives on campus, or researching and working on her Post Traumatic Slave Syndrome thesis, you can find Alexis at her local church small group or catching up on the latest episode of The Breakfast (radio show) Club.

One thing you cant live without: Jesus

Aly Hagglund